Fuel With Greens
From a young age we’ve been told to eat our vegetables because ‘they’re good for us’. Broccoli and carrots would sing and dance across the television screen in between Saturday morning cartoons enticing us to choose leafy greens over chocolate. The message hasn’t changed, science is still proving that greens are chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that contribute to a seriously healthy body. From boosting bone strength, to reducing cholesterol, giving us glowing skin, preserving our vision, and preventing various types of cancer, green vegetables are definitely on our side when it comes to living a long and healthy life.
We love to get our fill of greens in first thing in the morning, and here are a few reasons why you should too:
- Our bodies are hungry to quickly absorb whatever we put in it after a night of fasting. Take advantage of this and hit your body with heaps of nutrients first thing!
- For that burst of energy to kick start your day. Making healthy choices from the moment you wake up creates a solid foundation for you to continue doing so for the rest of the day.
- Minimize ‘junk food’ cravings. Your body will start to associate ‘feeling good’ (i.e. more energy, sharper brain functioning) with the food you put into it and therefore start to crave it over that bag of M&M’s.
- Life gets busy and there are days when you look at the clock, it’s 11pm and you were lucky if you were able to grab a handful of anything to squash your hanger at various times throughout the day. Getting your green on in the morning means even though you might not have nailed it in the food department for the majority of the day, you got some healthy stuff in your body first thing.
So how should you go about getting your morning greens in?
A smoothie [this Green Monster Protein Smoothie from Oh She Glows is a great one] or green juice [see our post on cold pressed juice] is a great option because they are quick and easy to digest. Make it your breakfast followed by a mid-morning snack or have it as a side to a breakfast that combines healthy fats, proteins and healthy carbs. Think avocado toast, a protein pancake or spinach omelet. Focus on consuming dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, swiss chard, and mustard greens. Spirulina is a great add for glowing skin, cucumber is excellent for hydration and avocado for a bit of healthy fat. Sweeten things up by adding apple, banana and pineapple or a little bit of Stevia.
Now, go get your ‘green on’!
xo~ LDLF // OIL & GRAIN